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citethesource June 7th, 2014 5:57pm

When referring to a highway or freeway by its number, do you insert the word "the" before the number? Example: "Take the 405 here," versus, "Take 405 here."

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citethesource Socialist and Atheist
06/07/14 10:58 am

Not using "the" is so alien to me that I cannot be sure of the grammatical structure of the second sentence. It looked wrong no matter how I wrote it.

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kermie gaytopia
06/07/14 11:22 am

Lol I was going to say I've only ever heard it on that SNL soap opera spoof about the southern Californians.

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fredd TrumpLand
06/07/14 11:02 am

I would say "the 5", like other people here. In northern California people just say "5". It's a regional thing apparently.

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Ajibawa La La Land
06/08/14 5:47 am

Around here you are more likely to hear, take 196 to 96 to 75...

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/08/14 12:31 pm

I usually insert the word "eye", as in "eye five" or "eye ninety", and sometimes I'll include a direction if you have a choice, like "eye four thirty-five west" or "eye four thirty-five east". Almost never "the" though, because that's just weird.

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BusinessJustin Tamriel
06/08/14 12:52 am

Situation dependent. In California I said "The 101", but here I would simply say the number. It's perhaps resultant from the local dialects involved. I would say "The 101" there because everyone did, but here no such thing exists.

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inge MIA
06/07/14 11:53 am

I'm in the Sacramento area.

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DrDollylonglegs in the lab... again
06/07/14 11:55 am

I use "the" when I'm in SoCal but not when I'm in NorCal.

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DrDollylonglegs in the lab... again
06/10/14 9:04 am

Haha, not really "disciplined." I just grew up one place and now live in the other, so it feels right to say "take 680" just like it feels right to say "take the 405."

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fredd TrumpLand
06/08/14 10:41 pm

Everything is relative. At least the 405 has a carpool lane where the 5 is lacking. Especially handy when trying to get to LAX.

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b4mytime Orange County, CA
06/08/14 8:36 am

Sure, if by "the fastest way" you mean WALKING along the 405 past all the cars stopped in traffic.

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MichaelAZuniga Jackson, GA
06/07/14 8:33 pm

Haha, I hear that everyone in L.A. says "the" before whatever highway/freeway they're talking about. Also, apparently taking the 405 is the fastest way to get anywhere.

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inge MIA
06/07/14 11:17 am

Yup. I get made fun of when I say the now, it's hard to break that habit after living in so cal for so long.

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citethesource Socialist and Atheist
06/09/14 12:23 pm

I love the 405. I am actually not too put off by traffic. Having lived in LA, I plan way more than enough time to get places, so I am rarely in a hurry. I also LOVE podcasts. I wish they were a thing when I was in LA.

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Smyleysue
06/07/14 11:19 am

I live close to San Francisco and they say "the" 101. I hate it. I moved there a year ago and still don't say "the" 101.

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bstokosa Connecticut
06/07/14 1:42 pm

Typically take 91 north or south - 84 east or west.

b4mytime Orange County, CA
06/09/14 12:38 pm

I see your point cite. I was just exaggerating for the joke...traffic isn't even that bad if you know the times to go, like you said.

jrrob CT
06/08/14 3:29 pm

That's a California thing.

Pauln95klkkk
06/07/14 1:53 pm

In Chicago the interstates are also named and it is common to hear 'the Eisenhower'

Whichendisup uniquely unoriginal
06/07/14 11:46 am

odd. my first answer was with "the" but then I stopped and thought of the roads around here and realized I don't used it. weird.

fredd TrumpLand
06/11/14 9:33 am

Lol yes, that's kinda weird haha!

fredd TrumpLand
06/07/14 11:51 am

Makes no odds here, but in the UK we would say "the M6" etc. Well, at least in my part of the UK...

citethesource Socialist and Atheist
06/09/14 12:45 pm

I was mostly declaring my love for the 405. I miss it. :-(

fredd TrumpLand
06/07/14 11:52 am

Where about in the north are you now, Inge?

curtron basement of the Alamo
06/08/14 12:47 pm

I don't like it when people call PGBT "the tollway" cause there's two other tollways in the metroplex. Dallas North Tollway is "the tollway."

singkitty In the cloud
06/07/14 12:57 pm

I've never heard "the 44" before. Sounds so weird to me.

citethesource Socialist and Atheist
06/07/14 12:59 pm

I cannot say the sentence without using "the" if I don't concentrate. A lot.

fredd TrumpLand
06/08/14 10:42 pm

That's very disciplined of you.

fredd TrumpLand
06/08/14 10:43 pm

I've heard it's a bit dull there, but that must be false if you're there to liven things up!

susanr Colorado
06/07/14 11:05 am

I've never lived anywhere where the "the" construction was common. I've heard it, but mostly in relation to Southern California.

DuckAndCower
06/09/14 2:53 am

Just the number, except for I-95, in which case I say the "I." Not sure why.

DuckAndCower
06/09/14 2:55 am

Oh right! After reading Kay's comment below, I realized I say "route" before some of them. So I say "67," "Route 8," and "I-95." How strange.

JJJSchmidt San Marcos
06/07/14 3:14 pm

The only time I would ever say "the" is if I were referring to the President George Bush Turnpike and that's only sometimes. Otherwise it's "20", "30", "303", etc.

JJJSchmidt San Marcos
06/07/14 3:17 pm

That sounds as weird to me as if you had told me to look something up on "the Google".

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
06/07/14 3:21 pm

It's a California thing that has caught on in Arizona, I think. In Oregon I would say "I-5" or "I-205" or "Highway 22" or just "217". Here in Arizona I hear it referred to as "the 10" instead of "I-10"

stefanie22 Cincinnati
06/07/14 2:21 pm

Yeah, that's a west coast thing. Thought it was so weird when I moved to LA, which all the take the 101 or the 10 or the PCH. Here it's just take 74 to 75 or you might say I-75.

bwiesner Aurora, IL
06/08/14 12:04 pm

Does anyone say Eisenhower? I say Ike exclusively. Or just 290

singkitty In the cloud
06/07/14 1:19 pm

I think it's definitely region based. It's just not said that way in St. Louis.

Kay41 the Midwest
06/07/14 5:39 pm

I say the word "route" first. Rt. 80.

DrDollylonglegs in the lab... again
06/10/14 5:50 pm

The REALLY weird part is that I take THE I-5 to drive out of LA toward home in NorCal, but I just take I-5 to drive out of the Bay Area toward school down in SoCal...